Thursday, February 11, 2010

Athens Art Events: February 11–14

There are six great art events jam-packed in the next few days, so don’t miss out! In fact, half of them are this evening. If you’re still trying to plan something for your Valentine, one of these events might be perfect.

Golden Acrylic Mediums Demonstration

Tonight (February 11), 6–8 p.m.

Loft Art Supply, 1035 Baxter St.

This free lecture and demo with artist Phil Garrett will show new surfaces for painting and collage created with Golden Acrylic Paints and Mediums. Mixed-media (including drawing, painting and digital) applications and layering effects will also be covered. Attendees will receive coupons and free samples. The demo is free but registration is required. Call 706.548.5334 to register.

Twilight Toasts in the Garden

Tonight, 6:30–8:30 p.m.

Visitor Center and Conservatory, State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Sponsored by the Friends of the Garden, this quarterly event combines a wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres, live music and an art exhibition. The wine selection will be from Five Points Bottle Shop and the food from Trumps Catering. Ernest “Bubba” Beasley and Jason Royer will be playing jazz on bass and guitar. $25 for non-members ($20 members). Call 706.542.6014 for more information.

Opening reception for "SUZANI: Uzbek Treasures in Thread

Tonight, 7–9 p.m. (Gallery talk at 8 p.m.)

Gallery 101, Lamar Dodd School of Art

Suzani means “needle” in Farsi and refers to embroidered work used as wall hangings, canopies or covers (photo below). Suzani are an important part of a bride’s dowry in Uzbekistan. Their design was often inspired by floral forms in urban gardens as well as spiritual symbols and motifs. The exhibition at Lamar Dodd will include selected embroideries from the Charlene Page Kaufman Memorial Textile Collection along with student work from the fabric design program inspired by Suzani. The exhibition will be on display through March 4.

Good Dirt Opening Reception

Tomorrow, February 12, 5–7 p.m.

Good Dirt, 510 N. Thomas St.

Good Dirt has an annual tradition of producing 500 soup bowls for the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia and the Empty Bowls luncheon (which will be held on March 17). The Gallery @ Good Dirt will be unveiling some “high-end pots” that will be auctioned at the Food Bank’s silent auction on the day of the Empty Bowls event. Call 706.355.3161 for more information.

Family Day: Pop-up Valentines

Saturday, February 13, 10 a.m.–noon

Lyndon House Arts Center, 293 Hoyt St.

Join GMOA for a Valentine’s Day celebration. Use the works of art you see in the galleries to inspire your own pop-up Valentines. Heart-shaped treats will be provided. Co-sponsored by the Lyndon House Arts Center. Call 706.542.GMOA (4662) for more information.


The Daily Groceries Co-op Art Sign Installation

Sunday, February 14

The Daily Groceries, 523 Prince Ave.

The Daily Groceries Co-op offers local, nutritious, organic and fair-trade foods and adheres to cooperative principles. On Sunday, local artist Krysia Haag will present the Daily Groceries with its new sign—a tile mosaic of produce. Call 706.548.1732 for more information.

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